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SCP Auctions is extremely excited to announce that seven outstanding lots with direct provenance to the legendary late NFL head coach Vince Lombardi will be featured in its Winter Premier online auction, which starts on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at www.scpauctions.com. Collectors will now have a chance to own a piece of Lombardi’s legacy by bidding on some of the man’s most coveted pieces including his 1956 New York Giants World Champions 10K gold ring. Each of the items were consigned directly to SCP Auctions by Vince Lombardi Jr., the coach’s only son. Bidding will run through Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.Lombardi1

“We are pleased to share some of these mementoes with serious football collectors,” said Vince Lombardi Jr.

Six additional lots from Lombardi’s prolific career will go up for bid including a Patek Philippe wristwatch that was presented to Lombardi on “George Halas Night” (Sept. 25, 1968) by the Chicago Athletic Association; a specially designed Bishop’s Charities Game (Packers vs. Giants, Aug. 10, 1968) Bulova wristwatch; a 1960’S Green Bay Packers World Champions 14K gold & diamond cuff link; and a 1961 congratulatory telegram from President John F. Kennedy.

During his tenure with the Packers, Lombardi led the team to a 98-30-4 record and three straight titles from 1965 to 1967. At the conclusion of the ‘66 and ‘67 seasons, the Packers would go on to win the first two Super Bowls: 35-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs and 33-14 over the Oakland Raiders, respectively. After becoming the Packers GM for two years, Lombardi returned to the field in 1969 as head coach of the Washington Redskins. A second season of coaching the Redskins, however, never materialized as Lombardi was diagnosed in the summer of 1970 with an aggressive form of colon cancer. He died on Sept. 3, 1970, at the age of 57. Shortly after his passing, the NFL named its Super Bowl Trophy in his honor and it is now the most coveted award in football. In 1971, Lombardi was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his legacy firmly cemented in Canton, Ohio.

“It is truly an honor for SCP Auctions to put these items up for bid on behalf of the Lombardi Family,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only at www.scpauctions.com beginning Wed., Jan. 4, and closing on Sat., Jan. 21. For more information, please call 949-831-3700.                                          -Terry Melia

SCP Auctions is thrilled to present the George Blanda Collection in its 2017 Winter Premier Auction (Jan. 4th to Jan. 21st). Three incredible AFL Championship rings, dozens of prestigious awards and several milestone game balls going back to his college football days at the University of Kentucky lead the charge. A quarterback and a kicker, Blanda played 26 seasons of professional football—the most ever—and scored more points (2,002) than anyone by the time he retired in 1976 at age 48.74 Blanda1

Selected by the Chicago Bears in the 1949 NFL Draft, Blanda emerged as the Bears’ top signal-caller in 1953 but an injury the following season effectively ended his first-string status. For the next four years, he was used mostly as a kicker. Before the ‘59 season, tired of only kicking, Blanda retired. A year later, the American Football League was born and Blanda found a new opportunity as the starting QB and kicker for the Houston Oilers, promptly leading them to the league’s first two championships. He was named AFL Player of the Year in ’61 when he threw for an unprecedented 3,330 yards and 36 TD passes including a record 7 in one game! He played seven seasons in Houston before joining the Oakland Raiders in 1967 (just in time for the AFL-NFL merger) where his legacy continued well into his 40’s as the most dependable kicker in the league. From 1967 to ’69, he converted a record 201 straight extra points using his patented straight-ahead style. He was named the AP’s Athlete of the Year in 1970 when he replaced an injured Daryle Lamonica at quarterback late in the season and led the Raiders to the AFC Title game at the age of 43, thus becoming the oldest QB ever to do so.67 blanda1

For his career, Blanda threw for more than 26,000 yards and 236 touchdowns, and kicked 335 field goals and 943 extra points. He Blanda was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981 in his first year of eligibility. He passed away on Sept. 17, 2010, at the age of 83.

Online bidding begins on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, and concludes on Saturday, January 21. Make sure you are registered to participate in this exciting auction by calling SCP Auctions at 949-831-3700.  With a rejuvenated Raider Nation now getting behind this year’s Oakland Raiders team,  this auction should prove to a barn-burner!                                                              – Terry Melia

SCP Auctions is pleased to present an assortment of Pittsburgh Steelers two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s memorabilia – directly from “Big Ben” himself – as part of its 2015 Fall Premier online auction. Bidding began on Wed., Nov. 18, and will conclude this Sat., Dec. 5 at SCP Auctions. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each of Roethlisberger’s lot will go toward the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which supports K-9 units and service dogs of police and fire departments throughout the U.S.

2008 Jersey Cut Off Big BenThe top bid currently for any of Roethlisberger’s memorabilia is $3,328 for his Pittsburgh Steelers game-worn and signed home jersey that he wore on Dec. 28, 2008, versus Cleveland in the final regular-season game of the team’s eventual Super Bowl winning campaign. Late in the first half, Roethlisberger dropped back and completed a short pass to tight end Heath Miller. On the play, he took a vicious hit from Browns linebackers’ Willie McGinest and D’Qwell Jackson and suffered a serious head/neck injury. He lay on the field for 15 minutes and had to be carted off the field on a stretcher as 60,000+ fans at Heinz Field held their collective breath. Ultimately, he sustained a concussion, but it looked much worse. Five weeks later, he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. The jersey up for bid had to be literally cut off Roethlisberger’s body at the time of his injury.

Another Roethlisberger lot that’s generating plenty of bids is his Steelers’ game-worn, signed and inscribed nine-piece uniform ensemble from Oct. 26, 2014, a game in which he led the black-and-gold to a 51-34 victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts by throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns. This lot is currently sitting at $2,662 with three days remaining in the online auction. Three different pairs of his game-worn and dual-signed cleats are also up for bid including a pair of his size 14 Nike “Superbad Pro” cleats from Nov. 2, 2014, when he led Pittsburgh to a 43-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens. In that game, he threw for 340 yards and six more touchdowns. The current high bid for that pair is $1,774. Every lot includes a signed Letter of Authenticity from Roethlisberger.                                                                                              -Terry Melia